Want to contribute to science while getting outside? Need to brush up on your birding skills? The Backyard Bird Count is February 18-21 – join us by going birding! To participate, just go birding anywhere (even your own backyard!) for 15 minutes, and then submit your observations to eBird. Click here to learn more about how to submit data to eBird.

Get your binoculars out! Start birding now and get ready for the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival! Practice for the BioBlitz! Dust off your spotting scopes and field identification guides and spend 15 minutes getting to know your own backyard a little better, or head out farther afield and enjoy birding in the beautiful nature of the Verde Valley. Birding is for everyone, no matter your skill level.

Backyard Bird Counts are important because they capture a snapshot of the health of birds right now. When many community members like you submit bird data at one time, some patterns and trends are easier to notice. By submitting your birding observations to eBird while participating in the Backyard Bird Count, you help scientists learn about how the numbers of birds in a location might have changed, how well or how poorly certain species are doing, and how changes in the health of our habitats might affect birds and other animals.

If you go birding in the Verde Valley and submit your observations to eBird, why not share your lists with Friends of the Verde River? Click here to view our eBird profile.

We hope you enjoy practicing for the VVBNF and the BioBlitz with a little Backyard Bird Count-ing this weekend! Happy birding!

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